Farm to school provides all children access to nutritious, local food so they are ready to learn and grow. Farm to school activities, such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips, enhance classroom education through hands-on learning related to food, health, agriculture and nutrition. Farm to school also empowers children to make informed food choices while supporting the local economy.
Benefits to Students1
- Supports educational outcomes for students
- Farm to school curriculum activities are a platform to teach core content areas such as science, math, and language arts
- Improvement in early childhood and k-12 eating behaviors
- Increase in knowledge and awareness about gardening, agriculture, healthy eating, local foods and seasonality
Marketing Resources, Tools, and Examples
Activities with Students
Templates and guidance for engaging students in activities to help them learn about growing, cooking and eating fresh, healthy food!
- A-Z Salad Bar Event
- Colorado Proud School Meal Day
- Farm Field Trips
- Farmer Trading Cards
- Fruit and Vegetable Collector Cards [Front] [Back] and a letter home to parents
- Recipe Contests
- Taste Testing
Promotional Materials for Students
Ideas and templates for creating marketing materials to promote your Farm to School activities in the cafeteria, classrooms, hallways and throughout your school!
- Farmer Cut-Out/Stand Up Poster
- Farm to School Month Poster
- Posters – What’s in Season
- Harvest of the Month Materials – including Calendars [PDF] [PPT] and more!
- Cal-Pro-Net Center – Outreach Toolkit, including Know Your Customers and more!
- Messages targeting Students. From USDA, these healthy food messages (in English and Spanish) are specifically designed to resonate with students.